There are still some good Black men among us

caines | 8/23/2012, 5:30 a.m.

Black men are used to being blamed for all that is wrong and troubling in our community. We are held up by mainstream media and the world as lazy, stupid and dangerous more interested in making babies, causing trouble, breaking laws and getting drunk than doing anything positive that might enhance our lives or the lives of those we love. But as one old school rap group once said, Dont believe the hype. The truth is that while there are some Black men who seem to be determined to bring down and destroy our families and neighborhoods, there are far more inspired groups of young dudes and old school brothers that are looking for ways to restore hope, locate economic opportunities and promote healthier ways of living into our community. We recently saw evidence of that at the Caleb Center where Desmond Meade and the Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation brought fathers, brothers and sons together to talk about their futures during an all-day roundtable discussion. We see the sensationalized stories about young men dropping out of high school and enrolling in the prison industrial complex. We hear the sad litanies of brothers who abandon their women and children leaving them to survive on their own. But during the roundtable event, which also featured the likes of Isiah Thomas, Charles Dutton and a host of Miamis male leaders, real progress was made. You had to be there to experience the power that comes when Black men of all ages assemble with a singular purpose in mind. It was a gathering of the warriors and it continues to happen quietly all over the U.S. There are a lot of good Black men in this world doing all they can each day to make a difference one step at a time. Lets start sharing their stories.